Legislature OKs public works bill, but Pawlenty promises veto

Even before the Minnesota House and Senate voted on a $1 billion public works bill Monday night, Gov. Full Story
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Bo Knows

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Feb 22, 2010
He's still governing the state? I thought he was spending all his energy getting ready to run for a higher office.
Classless

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Feb 22, 2010
Punklenty caught lying to his cohorts,

"President Obama was in a grade school classroom speaking to elementary school children and he was using a teleprompter," Pawlenty said, incredulously. "You've got to be kidding me. That's not a joke. That's a real story."

In fact, it's not.

It's FALSE.

The president spoke to grade-schoolers in January but he did NOT use a teleprompter.

In a different class room, at a different time, with no students present, Obama did use a teleprompter.

As for the teleprompter or no teleprompter charges from Republicans, this factoid: Pawlenty did not use a teleprompter at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

However, for his State of the State address in Minnesota, he did.

Pawlenty also needled the president about spending increases.

"If government spending were an Olympic sport, the president would be a repeat gold medal winner," said the governor.

If Pawlenty's talking about the deficit, it's TRUE. But it's wildly OUT OF CONTEXT.

When Obama took office, he inherited a deficit from President George W. Bush of $1.2 trillion dollars.

Under Obama, the deficit rose to $1.5 trillion.

Pawlenty also challenged Obama for, in Pawlenty's words, "apologizing" for U.S. military and diplomatic actions under Bush. And he directly challenged Obama for allowing terrorists to be charged as criminals in the U.S. legal system.

"Mr. President, no more apology tours and no more giving Miranda rights to terrorists," he said.

This is a political DISTORTION.

The fact is terror suspects under Bush and Obama did get Miranda warnings.

Under Bush the rate of terrorist court conviction was nearly 9 in 10.

So keep lying Punklenty we love to hear ya!

http://wcco.com/realitycheck/pawlenty.washing...

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tmm1970

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Feb 23, 2010
Classless?- maybe Clueless!
Keep up the good fight Tim, you have met my demand of protecting my money. The bulk of the bill you will be vetoing is unneeded fluff. Protecting us from sex offenders is not. I am a proponent of locking them up and throwing away the key, but if we want to try to 'rehabilitate' them, fine! Just don't let them out.
Thanks Tim
bri

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Feb 23, 2010
Classless wrote:
If Pawlenty's talking about the deficit, it's TRUE. But it's wildly OUT OF CONTEXT.
When Obama took office, he inherited a deficit from President George W. Bush of $1.2 trillion dollars.
Under Obama, the deficit rose to $1.5 trillion.
The Democrats ran the House and Senate Bush's last two years of office. I believe Pres. Obama was part of that.

Since: Jan 09

Dugway, UT

#6 Feb 23, 2010
I don't like Tpaw that much, but at least he has enough sense to veto this spending crap the Dems are trying to push. There is no end to the amount of money Dumbocrats can spend.
Observer

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Feb 23, 2010
Billy Bob

Atlanta, GA

#8 Feb 23, 2010
Good for the Gov. Lets reset our priorities. Cultural centers and gorrilla exibits can wait until were back on our feet. These small little pet projects have to end. Stop the pork.
Just Suggesting

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Feb 23, 2010
It's time to veto Tim. It's called "revolution".

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mnhusker

Elk River, MN

#10 Feb 23, 2010
Most of the projects in the bill aren't needed and even if they were, most of them could be done for 1/4 of the price if the government wasn't involved. For example, the gorilla exhibit is the last thing we need right now, but if it had to be built, let companies bid on it and you could have it built for 2 million tops. Where does the 11 million come from? Are we providing gold plated toilets for the gorilla? This is a perfect example of how our government has no clue what they're doing.
Old Timer

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Feb 23, 2010
Only the liberal, lefty, Dems., would try to push through such a porkulous bill. Many of these idiots feast at the tax payers trough, having government jobs. All Govt. salaries need to be cut by at least 30% to bring them back in line with the private sector. Then their benefits packages need to be cut 50%. These government workers are a bunch of free loaders!
So What

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Feb 23, 2010
Democrats are really on a different planet. We already have that extra sales tax for rail, which we don't need or want; the arts, and the environment. Why do we need more bike trails -- the ones we have are not crowded, to say the least. Can't they see you don't spend money on this crap when we don't have it?
Sherm

AOL

#13 Feb 23, 2010
This clown can not leave soon enough.
Billy Bob

Atlanta, GA

#14 Feb 23, 2010
Sherm wrote:
This clown can not leave soon enough.
Sherm why don't you right out a nice big check to help cover these projects. Say something with some substance.....thats right libs are all about the personal attacks because they haven't got a leg to stand on.
Roc

Blue Earth, MN

#16 Feb 23, 2010
To be able to put on the table all these pork projects at this time is reason enough to send these people packing! People are going to have to learn to make due for awhile! I have to everyday. That money we don't have is being spent on the zoos and snow parks is at this stage of the game hard to belive! For someone would even suggest it tends to make me believe they still are not on the same page as the rest of us! All monies need to be invested in the people of this state, not cosmetic fixes. Do you really think the gorilla is gonna care what or where it lives, or the others animals at the zoo will notice the new entrance? No, but Joe down the street and his family will notice when you help him get a job that will give him back his pride and HE can support his family and not have to rely on the state. Joe needs a regular full-time PERMANT JOB! Lets take care of Joe first!
Tim

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Feb 23, 2010
$44 million for Metropolitan Council transit projects, including Central Corridor light rail, Cedar Avenue bus rapid transit in Dakota County, renovating St. Paul's Union Depot as a transit hub and a Woodbury park-and-ride

$21 million for the Minnesota Zoo and a new Heart of the Zoo entry, visitor center and environmental education center

$16 million to expand St. Paul's Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

$16 million to renovate Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall

$11 million for the Como Zoo gorilla exhibit

$10 million to expand Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul

$5 million to build an Asian-Pacific Cultural Center in St. Paul

Everything listed above is a complete waste of money. We don't need to spend so much extra on the arts when the entire economy is in the tank.
waddayathinkin

Maple Grove, MN

#18 Feb 23, 2010
You wouldn't let your kids use your credit card the way the Legislature does, would you? I think Tim's time is passed, and his presidential tour isn't helping anything; but he's still the only adult in the room when it comes to State finances.
Clover Leaf

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Feb 23, 2010
Look at how the Pioneer Press outlines the story, TPaw Vetos Public works bill? Really, I did not know Como Zoo and leftist gathering holes for plays and music was part of public works. Como zoo just got 100 million last year, these Orchestra halls are getting more funding from that B/S Clean water legacy act that stupid sportsmen voted for. The people of Minnesota are so gullible, If the DFL pushed a 20 billion dollar bill that funds snow plowing and in the fine print 19 million of the 20 million went to study gay seagulls in mexico. The Media & people of Minnesota would be crying foul! The legislators know just how Dumb you are. And for all you spell police/F- YOU!
Bill Gleason

Roslindale, MA

#20 Feb 23, 2010
Let's be honest here folks...

So you and Tim don't like individual items in the bonding bill? Then line item them, Tim.

Note that the Governor did not put up a zero amount bonding bill of his own.

The REAL reason for the veto is that the Governor did not get his own pork projects and he can't get them in by a line item.

These actions are just going to make it easier to get a DFL governor. Thanks, Tim.
RYK

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Feb 23, 2010
The Dem legislature doesn't have a clue and never has had. They dress things up and make it sound like a bill is for the greater good, but it isn't. Governor Pawlenty is for ideas that produce additional jobs, but there are way better projects that qualify as public works projects compared to the pork that the Dems have targeted.
Follow the Money

AOL

#22 Feb 23, 2010
When is Tim Pawlenty going to explain his relationship with local Ponzi Boys Tom Petters and Frank Vennes Jr.? He took thousands of dollars from these crooks and tried to get convicted conman Vennes pardoned.

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